WARREN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three early-stage companies from Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties will receive $75,000 in funding from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, Powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Since July 2015, the Macomb Innovation Fund has awarded $1.475 million to 27 companies.
The Innovation Fund is a $2.7 million effort to stimulate economic development and job growth among promising Detroit-area entrepreneurs and next-stage companies with high-growth potential. Funding is provided by Macomb Community College’s Strategic Fund and JPMorgan Chase, as part of the company’s $100 million commitment to Detroit’s economic recovery. The unique initiative provides mentoring and capital to early-stage businesses, as well as learning opportunities for Macomb Community College’s students.
“In addition to enhancing southeast Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosphere, the Macomb Innovation Fund is providing unique educational experiences to our students that extend classroom learning,” said James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College. “More than 400 Macomb Community College students have directly interacted with the emerging economic drivers of our community, positioning them with distinctive learning experience.”
Three companies will receive $25,000 awards, which are designed to support early-stage businesses taking the initial steps in market introduction.
- Alchemie Solutions (Troy/ Oakland County). Alchemie Solutions has developed a mobile learning technology for higher education, combining game-based and interactive video with machine learning. Designed for college gateway courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), with chemistry the first subject area of focus, the interactive app is tied to an analytic platform to help both students and their instructors create a deeper understanding of a subjects core concepts.
- iServe (Northville/ Wayne County) –iServe has invented a soft serve dessert-making system for the home. The system’s concept is like that of a Keurig coffee maker, combining a soft-serve ice cream with single-serve dispensing and pod technology. The ice cream is dispensed in under 10 seconds, and the machine requires no preparation or clean up
- MySwimPro (Ann Arbor/ Washtenaw County) – MySwimPro is a fitness application for swim training. The mobile app features instructional video content, as well as personalized training and tracking through a free subscription. The premium subscription, which involves a monthly fee, unlocks advance work content and analytics.
“Investing in entrepreneurial young people is great way to create economic opportunity that spans beyond Main Street,” said Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives for JPMorgan Chase. “JPMorgan’s approach to creating inclusive economic growth in Detroit includes boosting the great ideas that are being born out of the city’s neighborhoods and community colleges.”
The three companies awarded funding were selected from a field of 25 qualified applicants. Each went through a two-stage process, pitching first to a screening committee. The highest-rated companies moved on to a selection committee comprised of area professionals with experience in business management, finance, law, manufacturing and technology, who make award recommendations.
To be eligible for the Innovation Fund, companies must locate within a nine-county region consisting of Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne counties. Information about the application process is available at www.macomb.edu/cie.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to more than 44,000 students annually. Macomb grants the largest number of associate degrees in Michigan and nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor-degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.